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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

November 19, 2003
7:41 PM

Post #713433

I want to build a "velvet board" which is an ironing board made just to iron velvet. The face of the board is wire, like the wire things they make to clean files. When you put the velvet down on it good side down, the velvet fibers don't flatten out, and the steam kames it look like new.

What do you call that wire stuff that cleans files, and where would one look for it in larger sizes than the file cleaners?
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

December 13, 2003
10:02 PM

Post #730412

Wish, I could be of help, but sorry, but you seem to be a jill of all trades. Are you a woodworker? I think that and stained glass would be two items that would be enjoyable to learn. A couple of my brothers do very nice woodworking. If they were closer I would get them to teach a few things. DH does some but not with any enthusiasm.
golddog
Western, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 13, 2003
10:24 PM

Post #730432

This is a tough one to vision. Maybe a metal shop in town, or the local high school metal shop instructor might be of help. Good luck!
raisedbedbob
Walkerton, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 14, 2003
12:06 AM

Post #730482

Give this site a looksee, Darius. I know you want to make your own; but at least you can buy one here.
www.fabriclandwest.com/Notion_basics/Sewing_Tools/ tools_for_professionally_sewing_.htm
Here's another
http://www.steinlaufandstoller.com/Workroom%20Tools.htm

This message was edited Dec 13, 2003 8:10 PM

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

December 14, 2003
12:09 AM

Post #730485

Thanks, rbb... I knew they were available... I just wanted to make my own. It may come down to buying one after all.
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

December 22, 2003
10:15 PM

Post #736054

Darius can you use just a steamer and not press the velvet?

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

December 22, 2003
10:51 PM

Post #736064

nope. a steamer has the action of pressing the velvet, even if held half an inch away. I don't know why that is... the velvet fibers do not stand up after steaming unless suspended into a velvet board.
margmal
Washingtonville, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 27, 2005
2:30 PM

Post #1579732

Darius,
Do you know the fiber content of your velvet?
If all else fails, try getting your hands on wool cards. they are the brushes used to comb out wool fibers and have tons of little spikes. you'd have to hold it under the velvet and press in small bits.

Look at a weaving supply site like www.halcyon.com.

The dog brushes called 'slicks' are the same thing only smaller.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 27, 2005
4:00 PM

Post #1579995

Thanks. The velvet is silk.
margmal
Washingtonville, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 27, 2005
4:41 PM

Post #1580110

Yeah, silk would explain the problem.

It is so absorbent and thermo-plastic into the bargain. Steam would be bad on both counts.

Good Luck
margaret
balvenie
Marysville, WA
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2005
4:42 PM

Post #1580113

Darius, the wire brush used to clean files is called a 'file card',but I don't think they are large enough for your needs. Sorry I can't help on this one.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 27, 2005
4:46 PM

Post #1580127

Robert, I have a file card. You are right, much too small!

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